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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Apr 15, 2009 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: day vs. night shows

Although my first few years of seeing the boys I lived on the Easy Coast, I moved to Colorado in 1980 and spent the most part of my Grateful Dead days there, and attended shows mainly from the west coast to the Mississippi. Almost half the shows were outdoors, and I have to say that in general, I enjoyed the outdoor experience more than indoors. There was something special about spending a nice summer or fall afternoon in the sun (for the most part), watching the boys do their thing and really being able to experience the crowd. More often than not, the sound was better outdoors as well, especially compared to some of the large arenas.

Out west, at least, we were fortunate to see shows in a lot of the more intimate and pretty outdoor facilities like Red Rocks, The Greek, OKC Zoo Amph, The Frost, Folsom Field (where they played in the horseshoe, which was only about 1/4 of the stadium) and Telluride. The largest outdoors facility I saw them at was Irvine Meadows, and the only Stadium show I saw was at Hollender Stadium in Rochester '79, which was a small soccer stadium.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Apr 16, 2009 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: day vs. night shows

Purple Gel - A few months ago, I came across your review that referred to the "orange blobs" on a rainy day (as I recall) at Red Rocks - I believe it was a fall '82 show. Your review hooked me into giving the show a listen, and it is a real good one. Crazy Fingers in the rain - too good to be true!

This post was modified by cosmic charlie dupree on 2009-04-16 15:00:11